Hi, I'm new to the forum and fairly new to being a private landlord.
We rented our property on a 12 month AST to an unmarried couple with a new baby. Four months into their joint tenancy, they are splitting up. She would like to remain in the house with their baby, but has told us that she has asked for rent support from the local council to enable her to meet the rent.
What are the legal implications for us? Any advice on whether or not we should switch her to a single tenancy, re-secure the deposit and allow her to remain until the end of the 12 month let? I have trawled the net for answers but the situation seems to be rather more complicated than the standard answers suggest.
As a landlord, would you do it...and if not, does the fact that the joint AST is no longer valid mean that we can legally end the tenancy? The guy has written to us to say he wishes to be removed from the tenancy with immediate effect. (He has paid the rent up till 31/12/12.)Any help very gratefully received. Cheers.